KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's been a busy and high-profile past year for police officers in the south Kansas City. The highway shooter, five people killed in the Woodbridge subdivision and the brutal murder of 14-year-old Alexis Kane have kept investigators busy.
Then on Monday night, someone shot a man in his driveway and killed his dog near Belleview Ave and W. 111th Street. The scene on Monday night was scary for neighbors, the latest in a series of violent acts that aren't common in the south part of the city.
"It was a scary night, we are all a bit nervous." said Terry Mancuso.
Mancuso lives next door to where the man was shot several times in his driveway. Police say the victim came home, opened the garage door and soon after several shots were fired.
"I can't imagine he has an enemy in the world and of course, Duke, his dog, is going to be missed," said Mancuso.
Duke ran out into the driveway and was shot. When his owner ran out to investigate, he too was shot several times. The suspect then ran off.
It's a crime that is very rare for the neighborhood right off 111th and State Line Road. For the most part, rare for south Kansas City, with some high-profile exceptions the past 11 months.
In the spring of 2014, everyone's attention was focused on "The Triangle" because of the highway shooter. In September, a horrific crime in Woodbridge subdivision put people on edge. Five people were killed, prosecutors say all by the same man, suspect Brandon Howell.
Then in early January, the body of 14-year-old Kane was found behind The Bay Water Park, she'd been shot several times.
Each of these crimes were high-profile, each was solved. A commander in the South Patrol division says some good did come from each incident. He's seen an uptick in community support and cooperation with police, which is vital for any crime. He's hopeful the same holds true for Monday nights shooting, and neighbors do too.
"We are not used to that, it concerns me what is going on. I think there's a lot of desperate people and desperate times and it's scary," Mancuso said.